Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.
Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the program says it has saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Disabled students studying science and engineering at Southern Illinois University will have scholarships compliments of a $1.3 million gift from a late couple.
The Carbondale university says scholarships from the money donated by SIU alumnus James Greenwood and his wife, Martha, will begin in the fall of next year.
James Greenwood died in 2009, and his wife died in January.
James Greenwood graduated from SIU in the 1960s, after enrolling there because it was among few universities that could accommodate his wheelchair.
Greenwood went on to work for IBM for 29 years.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - An elaborate $10,000 Bible that includes gold accents and exotic German paper has been donated to the main library at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible is one of only 400 created by illustrator and designer Barry Moser of Hatfield, Mass. Ellis Library special collections head Alla Barabtarlo says the 1996 Bible is "astonishing" and "beautiful."
It was donated by New York City businessman Bruce Kovner and arrived at the library in August.
Right now, the Bible is being kept in a climate-controlled room. But it's expected to be moved downstairs by Christmas for a new exhibit, "Verba Sacra," or sacred words in Latin. The exhibit will detail the history of the scriptures through the ages.
An interesting program in Lincoln County that encourages speeders to give back to the community.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sheriff's Department is giving first or second-time offenders a chance to make a donation to charity instead of getting a ticket. The officers are handing out a card that shows how much the traffic citation would have cost and asks the driver to give that amount to their favorite charity.
Officials say one speeder sent a $110 check to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports an income tax cut.
The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.
The group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. The bill would cut tax rates for individuals and corporations and create a new deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns.
Two of the members of the new coalition are the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Industries of Missouri. Both plan to begin airing TV ads next Monday supporting a veto override.
After a break-in at one of their building sites, Habitat For Humanity reached out to the public to help recoup their losses. And one company stepped up big time.
Workers here at Home Depot on south Hanley loaded up trucks with over $13,000 dollars worth of tools and construction materials, replacing every item that Habitat for Humanity listed as stolen. The break-ins happened in the Carondelet Neighborhood earlier this week.
Kimberly McKinney, the CEO for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, was overjoyed by the community willing to help, "This is pretty incredible. As they rolled the tools out, I got a little teary, and I don't even know how to use most of this stuff. Really, really an incredible day. The generosity fo Home Depot and the St. Louis community has been incredible."
Now thanks to those donations, a scheduled Habitat for Humanity Mother's Day build is back on track. About 60 women volunteers are coming together on Saturday to build houses for the less fortunate.
SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) — The staff at a Goodwill store in St. Louis County has tracked down a couple who accidentally dropped off $5,000 in cash.
KSDK-TV reports the money turned up among bags of donations left in mid-March at the MERS/Goodwill store in Sunset Hills.
An employee found the money and reported it to supervisors, who reviewed surveillance video to narrow down the possible donors.
They turned out to be a couple from Affton who donated six trash bags of items on March 13th. The woman's 96-year-old father had recently passed away, and she didn't notice the cash among the clothing and other items bagged up for donation.
The accidental donors now have their money back.
The university announced the estate gift from Cottrell and Kay Fox of Town and Country on Monday.
The university says the couple wanted to recognize their longtime family veterinarians, James Schuessler and Fred Bendick of St. Louis, who both graduated from the college.
The university says in a news release that the Foxes' gift will support an endowment in companion animal medicine. It also will fund research to develop treatments for people and animals with cancer and improve training for graduate students and veterinary oncology residents.
Cottrell Fox is a 1971 graduate of the university's journalism school.